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SOFT OPTIONS

New York Times, Sunday, April 3, 2022

Sang hosannas to

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 132, Blocks: 62 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 103 for Mr. Walden.
Will Shortz notes:
Byron Walden, a math and computer science professor at Santa Clara University, is a regular crossword contributor to The Times. He says the idea for this puzzle started with the title. "I ... read more
Byron Walden notes:
Back in 2005, I used the clue [Shroud of Torino?] for CAR COVER. On the old Times Forum and Crossword Fiend, then in its rookie year, a poster vituperatively objected to the cheeky ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
SOFT OPTIONS is an apt title for this puzzle, in many ways. Most importantly, when parsed as S OF T OPTIONS, it explains that each of the eight themers follow a three-word pattern, where ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/3/22 ( No. 26,444 )
Across
1
Hearten : LIFTUP
7
"... and it flopped" : PFFT
11
Attack with snowballs, say : PELT
15
Graceful bird : SWAN
19
Crossword header : ACROSS
20
Clearer in hindsight? : REARWIPER
22
___ Winans, 12-time Grammy-winning gospel singer : CECE
23
Apollo 11 landing spot : SEAOFTRANQUILITY
25
Eligible receiver? : HEIR
26
Quickly maturing security, for short : TBILL
27
Helps : AIDS
28
Flying terrors of myth : ROCS
29
With 42-Down, Oscars category from 1963 to 2019 : SOUND
30
Misfortunes : ILLS
31
Semicircular recess : APSE
32
Items used by barkeepers, barbecuers and blacksmiths : SETSOFTONGS
34
Wackadoodle : NUT
35
Enhanced tape format released in 1987 : SUPERVHS
37
Beat poet Cassady : NEAL
38
Spewed forcefully : GEYSERED
40
Take off the board : ERASE
43
À la ___ (spit-roasted) : BROCHE
47
Spree : TEAR
48
Black-___ albatross : BROWED
49
Knee-jerk response : REFLEX
50
Remove cargo from : UNLADE
53
Describing the 32-Down's image : JESUSLIKE
55
Milk source : TEAT
56
Impends : NEARS
57
Inscribed with some ancient characters : RUNED
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Whirling toon, familiarly : TAZ
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Order, in a way : HAVE
60
Nonfiction films, informally : DOCS
61
Metaphor from an hourglass : SANDSOFTIME
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"Come ___!" : ONIN
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This: Sp. : ESTO
66
Sitcom planet of the '70s and '80s : ORK
67
Animal life : FAUNA
68
Pondered : MUSED
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It's probably over your head : ROOF
70
One star, typically : BADRATING
73
Relentless go-getters : TIGERS
74
Carl XVI ___ (king of Sweden beginning in 1973) : GUSTAF
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Little bump : NODULE
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Eve's third son : SETH
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Soccer chant : OLEOLE
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___ 3000, half of the hip-hop duo Outkast : ANDRE
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Persuade with patter : FASTTALK
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A majority : MOST
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Offensive football positions : WIDEOUTS
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Ruby of "The Jackie Robinson Story" : DEE
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Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, with "The" : SONOFTARZAN
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Talk Like a Pirate Day outbursts : ARRS
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Dormer section : PANE
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Turn aside : AVERT
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Actress Amanda : PEET
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Taking a bow at the symphony? : ARCO
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Waif : GAMIN
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"A warehouse of facts, with poet and ___ in joint ownership" ("The Devil's Dictionary" definition for "imagination") : LIAR
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Its motto is "Agriculture and Commerce" : STATEOFTENNESSEE
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Opposite of exo- : ENTO
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Woe for a speeder : RADARTRAP
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___ Blinken, Biden's secretary of state : ANTONY
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Bit of "kit chat" : MEOW
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1974 spoof with the tagline "Would you buy a used secret from these men?" : SPYS
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Bits of machinery : COGS
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Latin phrase meaning "based on forecasts" : EXANTE
Down
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Having legs : LASTING
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Cool shade : ICEBLUE
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Weakness : FRAILTY
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Sledge, wedge, etc. : TOOLS
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Sports org. with the Pittsburgh Maulers and Philadelphia Stars : USFL
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SFO setting: Abbr. : PST
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Sang hosannas to : PRAISED
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Car part the Brits call a "wing" : FENDER
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Heading for commonly sought info : FAQS
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Capote nickname : TRU
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___ light : PILOT
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Sweeping works : EPICS
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Reveals : LETSON
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Don't give up : TRY
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Intellectual movement : SCHOOLOFTHOUGHT
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Tyke : WEEUN
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Performing well on : ACING
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Candy with two flavors in one box : NERDS
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Flexible cutters : WIRESAWS
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Kid Cudi or Lil Baby, e.g. : RAPPER
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Fixed look : STARE
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Enveloping atmospheres : AURAE
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Pope Pius XII called it "a holy thing perhaps like nothing else" : SHROUDOFTURIN
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Odor-fighting spray brand : FEBREZE
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Parts of some brackets : SEEDS
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"Yankee Doodle" has 16 of them : VERSES
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Entertainers with bright futures : STARSOFTOMORROW
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Partner of poivre : SEL
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See 29-Across : EDITING
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Juice regimen : CLEANSE
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Like épées vis-à-vis foils : HEAVIER
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Stretches out : EXTENDS
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Curve : BEND
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Experience : UNDERGO
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Music genre for Erykah Badu and D'Angelo : NEOSOUL
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Many people find it intolerable : LACTOSE
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About 98% of the human genome : JUNKDNA
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Word meaning "desire" in a classic Sanskrit text : KAMA
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___ avis : RARA
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Big tear-jerker : SOBFEST
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Went under : FAILED
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Word with fine or signature : TUNE
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Hands, in slang : MITTS
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1980s White House nickname : RON
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Dilute something, in a way : ADDWATER
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Battery parts? : TESTS
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Up in the air : ALOFT
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Maker of the Ring in "The Lord of the Rings" : SAURON
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Surgical instrument with thumbholes : FORCEPS
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Joy who wrote "Born Free" : ADAMSON
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Forgiving : LENIENT
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Talent for discernment : KEENEYE
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Mic check noise : TAPTAP
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Cattle ranch identifier : EARTAG
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"The Crucible" setting : SALEM
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Sheepish? : OVINE
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"Swell!" : NEATO
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"I can do this. Hit me" : READY
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Some 10-pointers in Greek Scrabble : ZETAS
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Dish made from durum, say : PASTA
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Prefix with futurism : AFRO
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Kids of boomers : GENX
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Grads-to-be: Abbr. : SRS
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Not prescription, in brief : OTC
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Scottish negative : NAE

Answer summary: 19 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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